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Monday


MONDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading from the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of repentance)

LORD, LOOK ON MY LOWLINESS WITH A COMPASSIONATE EYE,
FOR THERE IS NO SALVATION FOR ME IN MY DEEDS AND MY LIFE IS SOON SPENT!//
SO I CRY: LORD, LOOK ON MY LOWLINESS WITH A COMPASSIONATE EYE AND SAVE ME!

Verse: Lord, rebuke me not in Your anger!

BE FULL OF ANXIOUS FEAR, MY SOUL,
AS THOUGH YOU STAND IN THE PRESENCE OF THE JUDGE;
CALL TO MIND THAT DREADFUL DAY AND HOUR.
THE JUDGMENT SHALL BE WITHOUT MERCY FOR THOSE WHO SHOWED NO MERCY!//
THEREFORE SPARE ME, SAVIOR, AS THE ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WE RUN TO YOU WITH FAITH, MOST PURE THEOTOKOS,
THE SPIRITUAL GATEWAY OF OUR LIFE://
DELIVER US FROM DANGER, THAT WE MAY GLORIFY YOUR HOLY CHILDBEARING FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (of repentance)

HOW LONG, MY SOUL, WILL YOU LIVE IN CARELESSNESS?
HOW LONG WILL YOU CONTINUE IN YOUR SLOTHFULNESS?
WAKE UP, WRETCHED ONE, FROM THE SLEEP OF LAZINESS;
SIGH DEEPLY AND TREMBLE IN FEAR AT THE THOUGHT OF YOUR DEEDS!
WHAT ANSWER SHALL YOU GIVE FOR YOURSELF IN THAT HOUR WHEN THE JUST JUDGE GIVES SENTENCE?
WITHOUT CHANGING YOUR WAYS, HOW WILL YOU BE DELIVERED FROM THE FIRE TO COME?
CALL OUT TO THE JUDGE BEFORE THE END: //
SAVIOR, GRANT ME FORGIVENESS OF MY SINS FOR YOU ALONE ARE MERCIFUL!

VERSE: Wonderful is God in His saints: the God of Israel!

GOD HAS MADE YOU, HOLY MARTYRS, INTO SPIRITUAL TORCHES!
YOU HAVE DISPERSED THE DARK MIST OF ERROR BY THE POWER OF FAITH!
YOU MADE THE LAMP OF YOUR SOUL BURN BRIGHTLY,
AND YOU ENTERED WITH GLORY INTO THE HEAVENLY BRIDAL CHAMBER IN THE BRIDEGROOM'S COMPANY!//
NOW, WE BESEECH YOU, INTERCEDE FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN THE ARCHANGEL UNDERSTOOD THE MYSTERIOUS COMMAND,
HE CAME TO THE HOUSE OF JOSEPH WITH HASTE AND PROCLAIMED TO THE UNWEDDED LADY:
THE ONE WHO BOWED THE HEAVENS BY HIS CONDESCENSION
IS CONTAINED WHOLLY AND WITHOUT CHANGE IN YOU!
AS I BEHOLD HIM IN YOUR WOMB, TAKING THE FORM OF A SERVANT,
I AM FRIGHTENED, BUT CRY://
REJOICE, UNWEDDED BRIDE!

APOSTIKHA (Stikhera of repentance)

WHEN I GRASP WITH MY MIND THE GREAT NUMBER OF TERRIBLE THINGS I HAVE DONE,
AND GO IN MY THOUGHTS TO THAT TERRIBLE RECKONING,
I TREMBLE WITH FEARFULNESS!
I FLEE FOR REFUGE TO YOU, O GOD AND LOVER OF MANKIND!
I HUMBLY PRAY: DO NOT TURN FROM ME, SINLESS LORD,//
BUT GRANT MY LOWLY SOUL REPENTANCE BEFORE THE END AND SAVE ME!

GIVE ME TEARS, O GOD, AS YOU ONCE DID TO THE WOMAN WHO HAD SINNED,
AND THUS COUNT ME WORTHY TO DRENCH YOUR FEET --
THOSE FEET WHICH FREED ME FROM THE PATH OF ERROR.
AS FRAGRANT OINTMENT LET ME OFFER YOU A LIFE OF PURITY
ACQUIRED BY ME THROUGH REPENTANCE
THAT I TOO MAY HEAR THAT VOICE FOR WHICH I PRAY, SAYING://
YOUR FAITH HAS SAVED YOU; GO IN PEACE!

(To the martyrs)

WHAT SHALL WE CALL YOU, SAINTS?
CHERUBIM, FOR CHRIST RESTED IN YOU? OR SERAPHIM, SINCE YOU GLORIFY HIM CEASELESSLY?
ANGELS, FOR YOU RENOUNCED THE FLESH?
OR POWERS, SINCE YOU PERFORM MIRACLES?
MANY ARE YOUR NAMES, AND GREAT ARE YOUR GIFTS!//
PRAY THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED!

GNE... (Theotokion)

UNWEDDED MOTHER, FULL OF GRACE,
THE HEAVENLY BEINGS SING PRAISES TO YOU,
AND WE GLORIFY YOUR INEFFABLE CONCEIVING!//
THEOTOKOS, INTERCEDE THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED!

MONDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera of repentance)

I DO NOT HAVE COMPUNCTION, OR A FOUNTAIN OF TEARS,
OR THE GIFT OF SINCERE CONFESSION.
I DO NOT HAVE THE WEEPING THAT PURIFIES,
OR HUMILITY OF HEART.
I HAVE NOT EMULATED THE PUBLICAN, THE HARLOT, OR THE PRODIGAL SON.
HOW THEN SHALL I FIND REMISSION OF MY MANY SINS?//
BUT BY THE JUDGMENTS YOU HAVE ESTABLISHED, SAVE ME, O CHRIST.

I HAVE ESTRANGED MYSELF FROM EVERY DIVINE COMMANDMENT,
NEGLECTING COMPLETELY THE BETTER VIRTUES.
I HAVE SENSELESSLY SPENT MY WHOLE LIFE IN LAZINESS,
AND ALL MY DEEDS HAVE BEEN UNRIGHTEOUS AND EVIL.//
THEREFORE HAVE COMPASSION ON ME, AND SAVE ME, MERCIFUL CHRIST.

GOOD ONE, DO NOT REBUKE ME IN ANGER,
EVEN THOUGH I HAVE TORN MYSELF AWAY FROM YOU WITH MY IRRATIONAL MIND,
FOR I AM THE WORK OF YOUR HANDS.
YOU MADE ME IN YOUR LIKENESS//
IN THE DEPTH OF YOUR COMPASSION, LOVER OF MANKIND!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WE PUT ALL OUR TRUST IN YOU, THEOTOKOS.
PROTECT US BENEATH YOUR VEIL
AND KEEP US FROM ALL EVIL AFFLICTIONS.
SAVE US AND HAVE MERCY ON US,//
INTERCEDING FOR US BEFORE YOUR SON AND OUR GOD.

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

THE ANGELS NEVER CEASE SINGING PRAISES TO YOU,
AND I FALL BEFORE YOU, KING AND MASTER!
I CRY OUT LIKE THE PUBLICAN://
BE MERCIFUL TO ME, O GOD, AND SAVE ME!

SINCE YOU ARE IMMORTAL, MY SOUL,
DO NOT BE OVERWHELMED BY THE WAVES OF LIFE.
COME TO YOUR SENSES AND CRY OUT TO THE BENEFACTOR://
BE MERCIFUL TO ME, O GOD, AND SAVE ME!

(To the martyrs)

ENTREAT OUR GOD, MARTYRS OF THE LORD,
AND BESEECH GREAT BOUNTIES FOR OUR SOULS,//
AND PURIFICATION OF OUR MANY TRANSGRESSIONS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

REJOICE, PRIDE OF THE UNIVERSE;
REJOICE, TEMPLE OF THE LORD!
REJOICE, OVER-SHADOWED MOUNTAIN,
REJOICE, REFUGE OF ALL MANKIND!
REJOICE, GOLDEN CANDLESTICK;
REJOICE, PRECIOUS GLORY OF THE ORTHODOX!
REJOICE, MARY, MOTHER OF CHRIST OUR GOD;
REJOICE, TABERNACLE AND PARADISE!
REJOICE, TABLE OF DIVINITY;
REJOICE, GOLDEN VESSEL!//
REJOICE, FOR YOU ARE THE HOPE OF ALL!


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